Saucony Ride 7 vs. Saucony Guide 8 review

Saucony Ride 7 provides a soft ride to high-mileage neutral runners. Saucony Guide 8 is a stable and supportive running shoe with a good amount of cushioning and not too heavy.

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The Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 may look a lot like each other, but they fall in two entirely different categories with the Saucony Guide 8 intended to provide what the Saucony Ride 7 provides, but then with stability and support added.


The uppers of the Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 are very similar in that they consist of a combination of traditional stitched-on and no-sew overlays.

You can expect to get a good amount of support from the upper from either running shoe.

This support extends to the back of the shoes where there are sturdy overlays that wrap the heel.

The main differences between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Ride 7 can be found in the midsoles of the two running shoes.

Both running shoes provide heel-to-toe cushioning in their midsole and use the same midsole material to do so.

They also both have a crash pad under the heel that meets the midfoot on the lateral side to provide you with soft landings and a smooth transition from heel-strike to toe-off.

As far as softness goes, the two running shoes come very close to each other by providing a similar amount of cushioning both in the heel and in the forefoot.

However, the difference in cushioning is a little bit larger in the women's versions of the shoes where the Saucony Guide 8 is softer in the heel than the Saucony Ride 7 but firmer in the forefoot than the Saucony Ride 7.

So if you are a woman who tends to land on her heels, the Saucony Guide 8 would provide you with softer landings than the Saucony Ride 7.

The big difference between the midsoles can be found on the medial side of the shoes where the Saucony Guide 8 has a medial post to stop your foot from rolling too far inward after heel-strike and before toe-off.

This medial post is not present in the Saucony Ride 7, since the Saucony Ride 7 is not meant to provide stability and support, but rather a good amount of cushioning to neutral runners.

Another midsole difference is that the Saucony Guide 8 has a small midfoot shank to reinforce the medial post right under the arch. This prevents full ground contact there. The Saucony Ride 7 does not have a midfoot shank and provides full ground contact.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of ground contact so should also both give you a smooth ride.

Similarities betwen the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Ride 7 continue in the outsole and especially the configuration of the rubber in the forefoot.

They both tend to have a fan-shaped forefoot with deep flex grooves that do not always extend from the lateral side to the medial side, which does not generally benefit flexibility of a shoe and in turn makes a shoe feel quite stiff.

The Saucony Ride 7 and the Saucony Guide 8 are equally stiff for men, but the Saucony Guide 8 is a little bit more flexible than the Saucony Ride 7 for women.

The women's version of the Saucony Guide 8 weighs approximately 8.4 oz (238 grams) and the Saucony Ride 7 weighs 8.2 oz (232 grams). The men's versions of the shoes weigh 10.1 oz (286 grams) and 9.5 oz (269 grams), respectively.

Making a choice between the Saucony Guide 8 and the Saucony Ride 7 should not be a difficult one.

If you need stability and support, then the logical choice would be to go with the Saucony Guide 8. And if you do not require any kind of stability and support, then the Sacuony Ride 7 would be a good option.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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